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Sudbury to host Indigenous business forum in 2021

Advanced Business Match will take place in February
Sudbury, located in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, will host Advanced Business Match Northern Ontario in 2021. (File photo)

Companies looking to establish new partnerships with Indigenous businesses in Northern Ontario will have to wait until February to participate in a popular matchmaking event.

Advanced Business Match (ABM) will host its next Northern Ontario iteration Feb. 1-3, 2021 in Sudbury, located in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory.

Originally slated to take place this August, the in-person, three-day event had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

But for those eager to get started, an online precursor to the in-person forum will take place this Aug. 25-26.

An initiative of Powell River, B.C.’s Raven Events, Advanced Business Match arranges 20-minute appointments between Indigenous organizations and companies seeking to work with them.

The networking symposium is designed to remove geographical barriers, condense time requirements, and reduce costs while creating opportunities for business, training, and employment.

Companies from all sectors all welcome to participate.

In the past, ABM (formerly Aboriginal Business Match) has been held in Sudbury (2018) and in Sault Ste. Marie (2016).

The 2016 event in Sault Ste. Marie drew 75 Indigenous and non-Indigenous delegates, and one in five made deals directly on the tradeshow floor.

ABM will be hosted in partnership with Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Waubetek Business Development Corporation, Indigenous Tourism Ontario, and the City of Greater Sudbury.